Experts in Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific

Your Australasia bucket list

Posted 18 January 2018
With 2020 well under way, it's time to start planning your bucket list achievements. With so much of Australasia to tick off the list, we've put together some of our top once-in-a-lifetime experiences...

Using our helpful suggestions; make this year the year you finally start to tick off your Australasian bucket list. The only question now is: what’s first?

Stay on a desert island

Lady Elliot Island

On the southern tip of the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef lies a nature lovers dream, Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort. Home to a thriving underwater world that homes over 1,200 species of fish and abundance of magnificent manta rays, spend your days exploring the beautiful, natural surroundings. Leave your worries of the world behind and completely unwind amidst the untouched beauty on this away-from-it-all eco-friendly island.

Swim with whale sharks

Hector's dolphins in Akaroa

Between the months of March and September, you can spot the majestic whale shark as it migrates through the sparkling waters of the Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia. Board a boat and enjoy a pleasant swim amongst the wonderful marine-life in the Ningaloo Reef, before diving in with these elegant creatures and discovering why they’re known as the gentle giants of the ocean.   

Hike a glacier

Franz Josef heli-hike

Enjoy an exhilarating helicopter ride and be whisked away above the breath-taking landscapes of the Franz Josef Glacier. Land atop the magnificent glacier and enjoy a carefully chosen guided hiking trail, exploring the sparkling peaks and pits. Discover some of the most extraordinary glacier scenery in the world, with untouched panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and glistening blue valleys. 

Snorkel or dive the Great Barrier Reef

Diving on the Great Barrier Reef

Right on Queensland’s doorstep is the finest aquarium in the world: the Great Barrier Reef. As diving and snorkelling experiences go there’s simply nowhere better, so if you’ve got your heart set on exploring under the sea this year then make sure it’s the Great Barrier Reef. Beginners and experienced divers alike can enjoy the largest living thing on Earth, among which lives 30 species of whales, dolphins and porpoises, including humpback and minke whales.

Stay in an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora

Overwater bungalow in Bora Bora

Paradise on earth might be something of a cliché, but we think you’ll agree with us when you’re standing on the deck of your overwater bungalow in Bora Bora. Look one way and you’ll take in iconic Mount Otemanu, while in the other direction is the turquoise Pacific Ocean just begging you to dive in.

Scale the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

Sydney already has one of the most recognisable city skylines on earth, but what about taking it all in from above? Anyone with a hint of adventure needs to have the Sydney Harbour BridgeClimb on their bucket list; guides will take you to the top of this magnificent structure and you’ll get a view of the harbour and Opera House that not many have seen!

Experience Maori culture

Journey back in time and witness traditional Maori performances and cultural ceremony rituals at the Tamaki Maori Experience in Rotorua. Tantalize your traditional taste buds with a delicious hangi feast, cooked on hot stones beneath the ground and immerse yourself in Maori culture on one of our favourite bucket-list experiences in New Zealand. 

Stay in a rainforest lodge

Perched above the sparkling Mossman River and surrounded by the lush vegetation of the Daintree Rainforest, the Silky Oaks Lodge makes for a perfect rainforest getaway. Join a complimentary rainforest guided walk, partake in some riverside yoga or grab some goggles and enjoy snorkelling in The Billabong, home to freshwater turtles, eels and the shy resident platypus. 

Experience Aboriginal culture

Witness the historic story of the Tjapukai people through cultural performances and fantastic visual effects at the Tjapukai Cultural Park, Cairns. Wander through the History and Heroes walk and discover the importance of the past and present indigenous heroes, join the world famous Tjapukai Aboroginal dancers or make fire in the Cultural Village.

Your bucket list needn’t end at our suggestions. Australasia has some of the most breathtaking scenery and incredible adventures on the planet, so why not start creating your own travel wishlist today?